Middle School

Brief course descriptions of Middle School classes for grades 6th-8th are listed below.  For detailed information, including expectations and prerequisites, please see the Course Description Handbook.

Some high school level classes such as American History and Credit-Based Art are available for 8th graders ready for the pace and workload.  See the High School Classes page for details.

Art Courses

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General Art (6-12th Grade)

In MS/HS Art Class, we will explore different mediums and styles to create a wide variety of pieces, all "wall hanging worthy". Rather than giving step-by-step "how-tos", different techniques will be demonstrated and then space will be given for students to explore, so no two works will be alike! 
 

Foreign Language Courses

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Middle School Intro to American Sign Language (ASL)

ASL is a rich and complex language.  Recently declared as an official language and recognized across the United States as a foreign language, more and more high school teachers across the country are teaching ASL as an elective.  This class is designed to prepare individuals to successfully interact with ASL users. Lessons are structured around language needed for common life situations, and examples are presented in the form of dialogue coupled with grammar and vocabulary instruction.  Information is also included about the culture and history of the Deaf community in the United States.

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Middle School Intro to Spanish

This class will include bi-weekly vocabulary and cultural studies as well the introduction of Spanish grammar and sentence structure.  The students have fun learning the language with engaging activities and games to solidify the lessons.  Building confidence in speaking the language will be a primary objective. This class will have two projects, one each semester

Language Arts Courses

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6th/7th Grade Writing

Building on the basic skills learned at the upper elementary level, this class will help students review grammar and literary devices, perfect solid sentence and paragraph writing, and practice important independent brainstorming, organizing, summarizing, and editing skills.  Students will be exposed to good literary examples of writing including:   journal, fictional, narrative, informational, persuasive, and biographical writing, and will be given the opportunity to practice writing using multiple genres.  Through these genres, students will develop a writing “voice” and descriptive, vivid language.  Students will also be introduced to very basic research skills, citing resources, and avoiding plagiarism.  This class is designed to help students prepare for the rigors of academic writing across content areas in middle school.

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7th/8th Grade Writing

This class will prepare students for the rigors of academic writing and create a foundation upon which solid high school level writing can be built.  Students will be exposed to good literary examples and be encouraged to practice writing “mature” sentences using figures of speech, vivid language, and strong grammatical structures.  Students will work to perfect the five-paragraph essay and learn the nuances and skills necessary to build good sentences and paragraphs, organize, summarize, outline, research, cite sources and quotations, avoid plagiarism, and clearly communicate through fictional, biographical, informational, and persuasive genres.

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Middle School Literature and Speech

This unique class is discussion-based and encourages critical thinking by:

  1. Reading amazing literature - both novels and picture books - steeped in critical cultural themes (such as identity, racism, bullying, etc.). 

  2. Participating in class and family discussions that spark critical thinking and help students see cultural themes from many different perspectives.

  3. Creating speeches based on questions sparked by the books, discussions, and suggested movies that are watched outside of class.

The goal of this class is to use the gifts of solid literature, “story”, and discussion to build connections, see different perspectives, and produce educated, biblical, and compassionate responses to tough cultural issues.  As we find the humanity in each story we read, we can come up with new perspectives on how to “Love God, and Love Others” in a culture full of differing opinions.

Science Courses

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6th & 7th Grade Science

Alternating years of Life and Earth Science are offered to these grade levels with two identical sections to choose from.  Hands-on experiences in the classroom serve as a springboard for coursework and projects that are done at home.  These classes are designed to help students transition from Elementary to Middle School level work.

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8th Grade Physical Science

Using engaging demonstrations and experiments in the classroom, students are able to use hands-on experiences to enhance their coursework and projects done at home.  This Physical Science is a preparatory high school class and can earn a student high school credit with extra work at home.  The pace and content of this class are at or above grade level

Physical Education Courses

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Middle School and High School P.E.

Course objectives are that each student enjoys physical activity, improves their overall strength and conditioning, learns and practices fitness principles and plays, and learns lifelong sports and team sports.  Geared with focus on 60 minutes of sports and active play with 30 minutes of learning and study of nutrition, wellness, and health.  Some homework required.

Bible  Courses

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Middle School Bible Survey (6th-8th)

In this class students will take a journey through the entirety of Scripture, gaining an understanding of its big themes and overall organization.  Using Route 66 curriculum by Positive Action Bible, students will build the essential skills and knowledge to study God’s Word and grow in their relationship with the Lord.  In addition to an overview of each book of the Bible, students will also learn about biblical genres, literary and historical context, and Bible study methods.

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Intermediate Bible (8th-10th)

A general overview of the basic skills and doctrines that are an important part of living life as a Christ-follower.  Topics will include the character and attributes of God, Bible study skills, Christian disciplines, worship, and evangelism.  The focus of this class will be hands-on learning to equip students to grow and mature in their faith.  Discussion and written responses will also be an integral part of our class, especially as we explore the broad range of denominational similarities and differences on several of these topics

Technology and Problem-solving

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Middle School Technology

Students will learn the basics of computer literacy.  Navigating common programs such as Internet safety, google based products (docs, slides, sheets), basic graphic and web design are taught in a project-based style.  This class will equip students to use technology safely and effectively in future school work.  Unique needs of this class include an independent email address with full access and regular use of technology in and outside of the classroom.

Creative Thoughts

Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving competition that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment.  During class time at EPIC, students use many different STEAM skills (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) and creative problem solving to figure out a solution to their assigned problem.  Teams can have a maximum of 7 “brains” so space is limited for this class. One team of middle school students and one team of high school students are planned.